It was a question that no one wanted to ask, and it was probably not something Jeff Garcia wanted to merit with discussion.
Unfortunately, Eagles WR Terrell Owens, has continued to bring up Garcia's name when talking with reporters - even thought it is nearly eight months since both players were 49er teammates.
Owens, if you haven't been tracking message boards or web sites, recently offered his thoughts on Jeff Garcia's sexual orientation at the urging of a journalist. In an interview in the upcoming issue of Playboy Magazine, Owens was asked if his old quarterback was gay, and replied "Like my boy tells me: If it looks like a rat and smells like a rat, by golly, it is a rat."
While Owens later back-tracked from the remarks, the inference was clear and was left hanging in the air.
When BerniesInsiders.com's David Carducci asked Garcia whether he was frustrated by Owens continuing remarks, Garcia handled the subject deftly:
"I'm here to win football games with the Cleveland Browns. I turned the
page, I have moved on. It's really a waste of my time to sit here and have to
answer to such ridiculous, untrue comments that are made out there in the world
today. So many people know my situation here. It has never been a secret. It has
been written about my girlfriend and about my girlfriends in the past. I don't
have a problem about myself, my teammates don't have a problem with me, and we
know what it is. I am here to win football games with the Cleveland Browns and
that's what it is all about."
When asked by another journalist if Owens is a hateful person, Garcia jokingly side-stepped the question by saying "I don't know who you are talking about anymore."
That was it. The subject was closed.
At this point, I and others could probably wax poetic about responsible journalism and respect for the privacy of others. But that would be giving the story, and Owens remarks, far more time and thought that they deserve.